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Spaghetti Pesto

Spaghetti pesto is a simple, beautiful and easy to make pasta dish.  Other than the pasta itself, there is almost no cooking involved, and the simple ingredients come together to make a pasta sauce that is packed full of flavor, is well balance, and is clean and elegant.  The dish is great for guests, because not only does it tend to impress, but it's really simple to make, and much of the work

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How to Toast Almonds

Toast just about any nut, and you bring out the natural flavors and make the taste more intense.  In this cooking video, I show you how to toast almonds.  It’s a very simple technique, but sometimes the simplest things can add the touches that make a good dish, outstanding.  I won’t toast nuts every time I use them, but if I want to ensure a stronger flavor and a nice crunchy texture, this is t

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How to Zest a Lemon

Citrus zest is one of the most under used and under appreciated food items in the home cook’s repertoire.  The zest contains a tremendous amount of essential oils and is very aromatic. A surprisingly small amount can really add a good amount of flavor to a dish.

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Fettucini with Shrimp and Tarragon

I love to make seafood pastas because they are easy, filling and taste great – when made with the right techniques of course.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make a fettucini dish with shrimp and tarragon.  Tarragon is a natural match with shellfish, and has a unique anise flavor.  Combined with some nicely seared and seasoned shrimp, a bit of garlic, onion and roasted red

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Basil Pesto with Almonds

With a little practice anybody can make a simple pesto in about 15 minutes.  It’s one of my favorite things to make because there are only a few ingredients, essentially no cooking, yet it tastes and looks phenomenal.  Once you have the basic basil pesto recipe down pat,  you can also start experimenting with other ingredients…like in this case swapping out the more traditional pine nuts for al

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Chicken Pesto Pizza

One the reasons homemade pizzas are great is that you can be as creative as you’d like; throw away the standard conventions to suit your own tastes.  Of course you can do that with the toppings and the cheese...why not the sauce?  I love the traditional tomato based pizza sauce, but every once and while, I want to make a white sauce, or a pesto sauce…which is what I show you in thi

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How to Bake a Potato

There’s no great magic or mystery to baking a potato.  But there is a bit of magic in how delicious they are.  Baking a potato is one of the simplest cooking techniques out there, but properly cooked, you get a soft pillowy potato that you can add a bit of butter to for the perfect side dish.  And then of course you can also add all those other great toppings, bacon, sour cream, chive, cheese f

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Mango Salsa

Mango is one of my favorite fruits.  The color, flavor and texture are all great.  And mango is also a bit on the “exotic” side, so whenever I make it for guests, they think I’m really cool (hard to believe I know).  In this recipe, I show you how to make a fresh mango salsa that is absolutely great on its own (maybe with some chips), but I also love it as a sauce for fish, chicken and pork – o

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Tarragon Butter

A compound butter, also called a Maitre’d butter,  is nothing more that butter, plus some other stuff.  That other stuff, is usually herbs, spices, or even cooked aromatics, like garlic or shallot, but frankly can be just about anything.  One commonality is that they pack a bunch of flavor, and are a great way to flavor meats like steak, chicken, and pork; as well as fish and other

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